Selected Works

David (Dudu) Gerstein was born in 1944 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Gerstein is an Israeli visual artist. In 1965-1966 he Studied at the Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem. In the mid-1960s, he left Bezalel and enrolled at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After two years in Paris, he moved to New York and attended classes of the Art Students League, where he learned portrait painting and printmaking. Gerstein began as a figurative painter and illustrator of children books and was recipient of the Israel Museum Prize for illustration.

In 1973–1974 Gerstein earned an M.A. in graphic arts at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London. Having learned lithograph and silkscreen printing in that framework, he sought to combine the two media. Upon completing his studies, he was awarded first prize and two awards for excellence in an end of year competition at St. Martin’s. In the meanwhile, and since 1971, he had worked as a senior lecturer at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, a position he filled for 14 years.

In 1995, after years of woodcutting, Gerstein discovered the use of laser and began cutting metals and painting them in shiny colors taken from the car industry.

Today, Gerstein’s post-pop art style is characterized by bold colored, multilayered cutout steel. From the 1970s, Gerstein aspired to create art that would speak to the art world while remaining accessible to the average person. His bold use of color came from a desire to “copy nature.” Gerstein explained that just like the brightly colored fruit or flower in nature attracts insects, so, too, his work was intended to be attractive to the observer.

Gerstein had exhibited his works numerous times around the world, both in group shows and solo shows.